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Writing Competitions for Children

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Our writing competition for children and teenagers is now open!

The Creative Writing Ink Young Writers Competition has two categories; 12 and under category and the 13-17 category.

The competition is open to young writers around the world and is free to enter.

We’re looking for short stories of up to 2,000 words or poems of up to 40 lines. One entry per person, so submit either a short story or a poem. Your story or poem can be about anything. It should be written in English. It must also be original, be all your own work and should not have won another competition.

The winner in each category will receive a book pack and the winning entry will be published on our website.

How to Enter: Email your competition entry to Please paste your short story or poem into the body of an email, as we do not accept attachments. Please also send a note of your age. The subject line in your email should say “Creative Writing Ink Young Writers Competition”.

Deadline: 30th September 2014

The judges’ decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your competition entries!

The South Wales Short Story Competition

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The South Wales Short Story Competition is for short stories of up to 3000 words each. The competition is open to all unpublished writers in the UK. Send a max of two stories.

Prize: The winner will receive a Kindle Fire.
All shortlisted entries will be published in the second volume of the South Wales Short Story Competition anthology.

It costs £2 for up to two stories.

You’ll find out more here.

Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competitions

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Free to Enter.

Closing Date: Last day of every month.

Note that this competition is for writers 18 and over. If you’re under 18, check out our Young Writers Competition here.

We are looking for short stories (up to 3,000 words) or poetry (up to 40 lines). One entry per person, per month. You can resubmit your work every month if you wish.

Open to writers around the world, of any age. Entries should be in English and previously unpublished.

Email your short story or poem to
The subject line in the email should be “Creative Writing Ink Competition.” Please paste your entry into the body of an email, as we don’t accept attachments.

One overall winner will be selected every month and the winning entry will be published in our e-journal (with the winner’s permission).

Prize: July 2014: £25 cash


Writing Prompts Competition

We run another writing competition and the closing date is the 31st of July 2014.

Again, it’s free to enter.

The prize is a £20 Creative Writing Ink voucher OR a book.

For further details on how to enter, please visit our Writing Prompts page.


Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014 is now open. You have until the 20th of October 2014 to send in your competition entry.

Judges: Amy Wack and Neil Astley

Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500
plus 20 prizes of £25 each
plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading
with amy wack & neil astley
on mon 1st dec 2014
…for all prize-winning poets

Poems should be in English, no longer than 45 lines each and must fit on one side of one A4 or US-Letter-size page. Previously unpublished.

Fees: £5 per poem

Visit their website for further information.

Creative Writing Ink June Winner

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We have now picked a winner for our Creative Writing Ink June competition – Ellen Kelly for “Sunglasses.” You can read the winning entry here.

Shortlisted: Shey Hargreaves, Mark Murphy, Damian Murphy, Jahla Seppanan, Xiangyu Hu.

Thanks to everyone who entered last month’s competition and our July competition is still open. Check out the details of our monthly competitions here.

Mere Literary Festival Timed Flash Fiction Competition

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The Mere Literary Festival Timed Flash Fiction Competition is for stories with a max of 350 words.

Your entry must include the phrase to be revealed on the Mere Literary Festival website on the 25th of September 2014. You’ll have one week to write your story (the competition closes on the 3rd of October).

Senior Prizes: £50, £25, £15
Junior Prizes (16 yrs.& Under) 4 x £5

The competition is free to enter if you’re 16 and under. Otherwise, it’s £2 for the first story or £1 thereafter.

Further details here.

Luke Bitmead Writers’ Bursary Competition

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Luke Bitmead Writers’ Bursary Competition is open to UK residents (aged 16 or over) and you must be a first-time, non-published author of adult fiction.

It closes on the 1st of August 2014 and there are no entry fees.

Send in the first 3-4 chapters of your completed novel and a synopsis. Your novel should be 50K words or over. You should also send in a statement introducing yourself and say why you would benefit from the cash bursary.

The prize is a publishing contract with Legend Press and a £2,500 cash bursary.

Full details here.

Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition is a poetry and short story competition.

The prize fund has a total of £3,000 – £1,000 (First), £300 (Second), £100 (Third), Two Highly Commended (£50).

It costs £5 to enter and they will plant a tree in Kenya for each entry. When the competition ends, you’ll receive an email with the GPS co-ordinates of your tree.

Short stories shouldn’t be more than 4,000 words and poems of up to 50 lines are accepted. Open theme.

Writers from around the world can enter, as long as you’re 16 or over. Entries should also be in English.

You have until November 30th 2014 to enter.

For full details, visit the Magic Oxygen website.

The Yale Drama Series

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The Yale Drama Series is an international competition for emerging playwrights.

It’s free to enter and you have until August 15th 2014 to enter the competition.

Judge: Playwright Nicholas Wright

The winner is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the winning play by Yale University Press and a staged reading at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York.

They are looking for original, unpublished full-length plays in English. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted. One entry per person.

The competition aims to support emerging playwrights.

Please read full competition rules here.

Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism is for a new piece of writing of no more than 1,500 words.

Entries can be reviews of books, concerts, ballet, plays, films or TV shows.

It closes on the 31st of October 2014 and costs £10 to enter. The prize is £2,000 and publication in the Observer.

Judges include Mariella Frostrup, Stuart Kelly, Helen Oyeyemi, Robert McCrum from the Observer and Will Carr from the Burgess Foundation.

More here.